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Stars GM: “We’re back as a relevant franchise”

Jul 3, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

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The Dallas Stars put a delicious Czech cherry on top of what’s already been an interesting off-season of moves by signing Jaromir Jagr today. Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk held a conference call to discuss the signing, making it clear that he’s ecstatic about the move.

“It’s a great day for the Dallas Stars,” Nieuwendyk said. “We are back as a relevant franchise and we’re pleased with what’s transpired.”

When asked where he expects Jagr to line up, Nieuwendyk was delighted to give an early read on a plum assignment that might just compare to combining with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell. Nieuwendyk pictures a line with Jamie Benn at center, Loui Eriksson at left wing and Jagr on the right.

Benn and Eriksson don’t get anywhere near the ink that Giroux does, and while the Philadelphia Flyers standout is likely currently the best of the three, both Stars forwards have earned All-Star trips despite slipping under the radar.

Still, if you’ve spent any time on Twitter today, you’ve likely heard plenty of old jokes regarding Nieuwendyk’s moves. Can Jagr still get it done? Nieuwendyk certainly thinks so.

“I don’t think there’s any question that he has game in the tank,” Nieuwendyk said. “He had a terific season last year with Philadelphia … He’s still a world-class player.”

Jagr might put the Stars on the map for a little while, but the team still needs success to bring back fans from the Mike Modano golden days. Otherwise, it’s an awfully expensive way to get “free” publicity.

  1. meynbass - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Flyers West 2.0 hahaha

  2. pantherpro - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    You are not back! Yours fans suck and your governor is an idiot

    Sj Sharkie

    • jkennedy1970 - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:39 AM

      I’m a Stars fan living in SJ and not only does your town suck, but your GM sucks and your team is soft as tissue paper…win something before you start poppin off paper champ.

  3. parisepeesonmypenispouch - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    thanks for james neal. you lose. STAY THICK

    • cindysoupforbrainscrosby - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM


    • jkennedy1970 - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:47 AM

      Still bitter about having the most talent in the league but you have no chin?….What did Neal do for you but give you false hopes Good luck with that contract from Syd the Kid…lol..ur a clown!! Get past the second round tool…

  4. istallion - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    What happened to Montresl?

  5. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Used care salesman
    Zero respect for Nieuwendyk, he’s lying through his teeth in hopes that the Dallas Stars fans are stupid enough to believe him. (that or he is a complete idiot)

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:18 AM

      The thumbs down is from Jerry Jones, who would make this type of worthless signing that is only about money and name recognition and try to sell it to his fans as something special right?

  6. rushledger - Jul 4, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    They traded away a great forward and a good defenseman for a pretty good defenseman they wouldn’t resign their franchise face in mike modano they let brad Richards walk for nothing they look like hypocrites for letting modano go now because he was old but getting Jagr and whitney doesn’t sound relevant to me..

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